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The Essentials of Patent Claim Drafting

ISBN13: 9780199856350
Published: January 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
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The claims of a patent application are, in many ways, the most important part of the application. The claims define the legal scope of patent protection granted by an issued patent, and also determine the course of the patent prosecution process.

A properly drafted patent claim must take into account technical breadth, legal strategy, and conformance with U.S. statutory law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office guidelines, and over a hundred years of case law. The Essentials of Patent Claim Drafting is a practical guide to the drafting of patent claims in U.S. patent applications. The actual mechanics of assembling both basic and complex claims are covered in-depth from simple mechanical cases to complex chemical and pharmaceutical cases.

The emphasis is on the how-to of claim drafting, rather than on the history and theory of claiming. It contains multiple examples for all types of claims which a practitioner is likely to draft, and provides an easy reference for the drafting of particular types of claims. The Essentials of Patent Claim Drafting is written primarily for novice patent attorneys and patent agents, as well as law students and those studying for the Patent Bar Exam.

Intellectual Property Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
FOREWORD By Richard J. Apley PREFACE INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: Basic Elements of a Claim A. Claim Structure i) Introduction ii) Example iii) The Class and Preamble iv) Transitional Phrases v) The Claim Body vi) The Purpose Clause vii) Essential Form B. Claim Fundamentals i) Single Statutory Classification ii) Completeness iii) Definiteness C. Dependent Claims Chapter 2: Types of Claims A. Apparatus Claims B. Method Claims C. Product-By-Process Claims D. Mean-Plus-Function Claims E. Markush Claims F. Jepson Claims G. Beauregard Claims Chapter 3: Claim Construction A. Choosing Essential Elements i) Broad vs. Narrow Claiming ii) Apparatus Claims iii) Method Claims B. Choice of Language C. Punctuation D. Plural Elements E. Ranges and Measurements F. Brevity Chapter 4: 35 U.S.C.
101: Utility and Patentable Subject Matter A. Patentable Inventions B. General Utility Requirement C. Mental Steps D. Printed Matter E. Products of Nature Chapter 5: 35 U.S.C.
112: Enablement, Form and Language A. First Paragraph i) Written Description ii) Enablement, Inoperability and Best Mode B. Second Paragraph i)Articles of Speech ii) Alternative Language iii) Negative Limitations iv) Relative Language C. Sixth Paragraph: Means-For Language Chapter 6: 35 U.S.C.
102 and 103: Considering Prior Art Chapter 7: Algorithms, Business Methods, Computers and Software Chapter 8: Practical Claim Drafting -Examples of the Process A. Hypothetical Example i) Disclosure ii) Prior Art iii) The Essential Elements and the Point of Novelty B. Real Example from Patent Practice i) Originally Filed Claims ii) Prior Art iii) The Essential Elements and the Point of Novelty iv) Issued Claims v) Prosecution Chapter 9: Examples A. Apparatus Claims B. Method Claims C. Product-By-Process Claims D. Mean-Plus-Function Claims E. Markush Claims F. Jepson Claims G. Computer, Software, Business Method and Beauregard Claims H. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Claims CHAPTER 10: Strategy and Enforcement A. The Doctrine of Claim Differentiation B. The Usage of Dependent Claims C. Target Claiming D. Realistic Enforcement Appendix A: Claim Drafting Checklist Appendix B: Glossary Appendix C: Prior Art Searching Appendix D: Bibliography Index